Confirmation Components (& Paperwork)

REGISTRATION FOR CURRENT 10th GRADERS will open on January 1, 2019.   To learn about Confirmation Registration, please visit our Confirmation Main Page! 


There are several different components of our preparation for Confirmation.  All of these components are designed to align with Archdiocesan norms and to develop each candidate’s personal faith life. A timeline can be found in the table below for when each component is due. Details about each component can be found below the timeline.


Confirmation Components 2019 Timeline

Due DateWhat
January 1Online Registration Opens
January 19Online Registration Closes

After this date, please contact lpalting@stlouisparish.org for registration information.
January 27 OR January 29

(Information Meetings)
-Copy of Baptismal Certificate
-Head shot of Candidate (unless already uploaded)
-Check of $200 (unless paid online) made payable to St. Louis CYM, Memo: Confirmation
February 18-Retreat Permission Form
-Additional retreat payment (for Summit Lake and Teen ACTS Retreats Only)
**Retreat Registration opens on February 12**
May 4 or May 5

(Rite of Enrollment & Reception)
-Rite of Enrollment Card
-Sponsor Eligibility Form
September 15 or 17

(1st Week of Class)
-Service Card
-Prayer Card
September 29 or October 1

(3rd Week of Class)
-Saint Name Reflection
-Letter to the Bishop

Sponsor Eligibility Form– Due by Rite of Enrollment Mass (May 4 @ 4:00 or May 5 @ 12:45)

A Confirmation sponsor is a trusted companion on your faith journey. He or she is to accompany you, challenge you, and support you in your relationship with God. A Confirmation sponsor MUST:

  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Be someone other than your parent
  • Be an active Catholic (have received their Baptism, 1st Eucharist, and Confirmation, as well as be in good standing with the Church)

After finding a sponsor, please invite them to the Rite of Enrollment Mass & Reception on either May 4 or 5. The reception is for you and your sponsor only. Then, have your sponsor complete the Sponsor Eligibility Form (Click here to download). The form needs to be signed by your sponsor’s pastor. If your sponsor is from St. Louis, turn in the form WITHOUT a signature. We will have all the forms signed at one time. Bring the completed form with you to the Rite of Enrollment Mass & Reception. If you are struggling to find a sponsor, please call Katie Erskine for support! She is happy to help discuss options and even connect you with a sponsor through the parish.

Rite of Enrollment Card– Due by Rite of Enrollment Mass
(May 4 or 5)

The Rite of Enrollment Mass contains a small ceremony that allows the parish to formally recognize and welcome you as members of the Confirmation process. It is a regular Mass, except that the Confirmation students will be called up before the sanctuary as a group so that they can receive a blessing from the priest and congregation. When students are called before the sanctuary, they should bring their Rite of Enrollment Card (Click here to download), for it will be collected in a basket before they take their seats again. The Rite of Enrollment Card contains a place for the parent’s and candidate’s signature to affirm their desire as a family to be involved in the Confirmation process.

Service Card- Due by First Week of Class (September)

As Christians, we strive to become more like Jesus. One of the ways we do this is through service of our neighbors. For this reason, service is a crucial (and eye-opening!) component Christian life and of the Confirmation process. We ask that students complete 10 hours of service between the time when they sign up for Confirmation (January) and their first week of classes (September). 5 hours of service is to be dedicated to those who are marginalized and 5 hours of service is to be dedicated to activities at the parish. Consider signing up to do service with your sponsor or parent! (Certain in-parish activities may require adult clearance to participate, please contact Luisa with questions.) Service opportunities will be discussed at Parent/Candidate information session. For other service ideas, visit our Service Opportunities page. At the end of our service experience, please complete a thoughtful reflection on your Service Card (Link to come).

Prayer Card– Due by First Week of Class (September)

Prayer is simply a life-giving connection with the God who loves us. Prayer was the foundation of Jesus’ life; he often left the crowds to have some quiet time with the Father and even taught his disciples the “Our Father” prayer. During the Confirmation process, we are asking each student to try one new, communal form of prayer.  There is a “type” of prayer for everyone! Prayer opportunities will be discussed at Parent/Candidate information session. At the end of your prayer experience, please complete a thoughtful reflection on your Prayer Card (Link to come).

Saint Name Reflection– Due by 3rd Week of Class

The tradition of adopting a new name for one’s Confirmation is rooted in Scripture.  Often times, when a person received a new mission from God, they were given a new name as well (Abram to Abraham in Genesis 17:5, Jacob to Israel in Genesis 32:28, Simon to Peter in Matthew 16:18). In Confirmation, you receive a new mission to spread of the love of God, and you’re invited to choose a Saint Name to symbolize this. If you don’t wish to choose a new name, you can choose your first or middle name. You can research different saints through these resources:

Once you have chosen a Saint, please write a thoughtful Saint Name Reflection (Click here to download). 

Letter to the Bishop– Due by 3rd Week of Class

Confirmation ceremonies are celebrated by the local bishops to emphasize the Confirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation into the larger church community. Each Confirmation class writes to their bishop to tell the him about their Confirmation experience. This allows the bishop to get to know you in a more personal way before your ceremony. Please follow the template provided to write a letter to the bishop. Bishop Letter Guidelines (Click here to download).